March 20 was Macaron Day NYC 2013! Inspired by the Jour du Macaron in Paris, which also takes place on March 20, this annual eventshowcases the city’s macaron offerings by letting you try a free sample at participating stores! Plus it’s organized by one of my fave macaron chefs, François Payard (whom I have raved about here).
Anyway, this year I checked out Mille-feuille Bakery Café in Greenwich Village, near NYU. Apparently their head chef studied under Pierre Hermé (see my primer post for why this is awesome)!
Very nice location, especially for students. I can’t imagine studying in Bobst Library; it is hands down the most depressing library I have ever seen, and I LOVE libraries! Also, my macaron was free, but normally they are $2.25 each, which is a bit cheaper than some other options in the city.
For Macaron Day, they had all their flavors laid out like so:
I decided to go for the Salted Caramel, since I hadn’t had it in a while, and it’s one of my classic faves:
It was AMAZING! Honestly, one of the BEST salted caramel macarons I have had. Ever. Including Paris. I think the only one that rivals it, excluding Ladurée, is Bisous,ciao., which I haven’t been back to in a while. Note to self: it may be time for a quality check / taste test contest!
The shell was just a tad too thin, but really, the flavor and texture were great.
On their website, they say that “Buying a Macaron at Mille-feuille is like buying one in Paris but made in New York City. We believe it makes more sense that way.” I couldn’t agree more. None of this American-ized macaron b.s. (even though I do like the peanut butter-filled ones). Mille-feuille is the real deal.